Friday, September 9, 2011

What's for Breakfast?

At 185lbs my usual breakfast consisted of a bowl of cereal, an apple bran muffin and coffee with cream and sugar. Still, I couldn't for the life of me understand why I was so heavy. What I know now is that the refined sugars and excessive carbohydrates I was taking in were making me more hungry throughout the day.
Breakfast should include whole grains, lots of protein and plenty of fruits and veggies. Here are some of my favorite breakfast meals and your new weekly breakfast menu....

Day 1: 2 Eggs with Sauteed Kale, Portobello Mushrooms and Yellow Onions:

Eggs with Simple Sautéed Kale, Yellow Onions & Mushrooms

  • 2-3 Jumbo Eggs
  • 3-4 cups kale, torn into bite size pieces
  • 1-2 cups sliced baby bella mushrooms or shitake mushrooms
  • 1 small yellow onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt & pepper, to taste (go easy... enjoy the flavor of those marvelous veggies!)

In a heavy cast iron pan, or your favorite heavy skillet heat your oil until a drop of water will sizzle. Add the mushrooms & onions and sauté for several minutes until they are just slightly tender, but still have some "bite" to them. Add your kale and gently saute for about 5 minutes
until the kale is bright beautiful green. Crack 2-3 eggs over top the veggies and cover the pan for 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

Day 2: Dr.Hyman's UltraSimple Diet Ultra Shake:
        UltraSimple Diet UltraShake
  • 2 scoops of rice protein powder (the average is 2 scoops, but you should follow the directions for the serving sizes of the product you pick)
  • 1 tablespoon organic combination flax and borage oil
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds
  • Ice (made from filtered water), if desired
  • 6 to 8 ounces of filtered water to desired consistency
  • 1/2 cup of frozen or fresh noncitrus organic fruit, such as cherries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, peaches, pears or bananas

Day 3: Organic Oatmeal topped with Apples, Nuts and Cream:

           5 Minute Organic Oatmeal with Cream, Nuts and Fruit
  • 1/2 cup of organic oatmeal
  • 1 cup of filtered water
  • 1 medium granny smith apple 
  • 10 almonds or 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 2tbsp agave 
  • 2tbsp organic 1/2 and 1/2
Combine 1/2 cup of organic oatmeal with one cup of filtered water. Cook in microwave for 3 minutes. While the oatmeal is cooking dice one whole granny smith  apple. Remove oatmeal from the microwave, top with diced apple, almonds, agave and 1/2 and 1/2. Sprinkle oatmeal with cinnamon and serve!

Day 4: Easy Eggs Florentine:

Super Easy Eggs Florentine

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

  • 2 (10 oz.) boxes frozen leaf spinach, thawed

  • 4 ounces cream cheese

  • 2/3 cup milk

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

  • 4 slices of Fitness Bread or Ezkiel Bread

  • 8 large eggs

  • Preparation

    • Heat skillet with 2tbsp of canola oil.  Meanwhile, cook onion in butter in a nonstick skillet until soft. Add spinach, cream cheese and milk. Cook until creamy. Add salt and pepper. Cover, keep warm.
    • Toast bread. Break 4 eggs at a time in heated skillet.  Cook for 1 minute. Loosen from bottom of pan with a spatula. Flip and cook to desired doneness. Remove with spatula. Top toast with spinach mixture, followed by 2 fried eggs. Makes 4 servings. 

     Ezekiel Bread can be found in the freezer section of most grocery stores or
    Mestemacher Fitness Bread, 17.6-Ounce Packages (Pack of 12) can be found in your local health food store or click the link to order it now from Amazon.

    Day 5:  Teresa's Hemp Protein Shake:
           Teresa's Tasty Banana Berry Shake
    Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix at medium high speed. This recipe makes 2-3 servings. Take the left-overs to work or refrigerate save remaining shake for a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack

    Breakfast beverages:

    I always drink 16 oz. of water as soon as I wake up to flush all the toxins and waste from my system. Following the water, I drink a green tea and an hour or so later possibly a coffee sweetened with agave and lightened with organic 1/2 &1/2. 

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